March 20, 2015
MATCH DAY is an exciting day for all residency programs in the US and for thousands of soon-to-be doctors who learn their “match” for which residency program they will be joining.
We are thrilled to welcome Danielle, Faiz, Jennifer, Matthew, Kanthi, Devorah, Ian and Meera into our Tufts FMR @ CHA family!! (see attached Tufts FMR Interns 2015 pdf or the sidebar of our main page in the media section) This is a diverse and dynamic group of individuals that I’m confident will help us continue to grow as a program and discipline and will be leaders in the “primary care revolution” a flame that we are aggressively fanning.
Cambridge Health Alliance is the last public hospital system in Massachusetts and has a deep social justice mission to meet the needs of our diverse underserved patient population. We know that “nonwhite physicians provide a disproportionate share of care to underserved populations. Hence, increasing the racial and ethnic diversity of the physician workforce may be key to meeting national goals to eliminate health disparities.” 1 For this reason, this year our program adopted a new strategic approach to our recruiting and interview season with a goal of recruiting a higher portion minority residents with diverse racial and ethnic origin. Practicing in Malden, a school district with the most diversity in Massachusetts, we hoped to recruit an intern class with broader diversity that better mirrors the populations we serve. We were wildly successful on this front with five of our eight new interns being underrepresented minorities and bringing language skills in 12 . . . yes, I said 12 languages other than English!
Our clinic has undergone a major expansion in the last year as we aim to double our capacity from 13,000 to 26,000 patients that we care for. The success of the “Massachusetts Healthcare Experiment” has shown us that when people get insured (and 98.2% of Massachusetts is now insured!), they want to use it and get seen, so we’re busier than ever (Monday we had 763 phone calls to our clinic – a new record). With our new cohort of additional faculty, PA’s, nurses, front desk, medical assistants, complex care managers, planned care coordinators and integrated mental health team, our team-based care model is maturing and performing better than ever. It’s thrilling to watch a medical assistant light up and take pride in her ownership for proactively increasing our cancer screening rates through outreach and patient engagement. To make primary care sustainable and successful, it HAS to be a team sport and it’s trilling to watch that transformation take place her at the CHA Malden Family Medicine Center.
Congratulations to us, to our new class, and to all newly matched residents and residency program. It’s a very exciting time of year for all of us, and I can’t wait to get to know and work with our new amazing group of young physicians that will be joining our family at TuftsFMR@CHA!
Gregory Sawin MD MPH
Tufts University Family Medicine Residency
at Cambridge Health Alliance
Assistant Professor of Family Medicine
Tufts University School of Medicine
Clinical Instructor of Population Medicine
Harvard Medical School